Gumpert, the well-known German supercar manufacturer, unveiled two new vehicles at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show: the Apollo R and the Apollo Enraged. In this article we’ll focus on the Gumpert Apollo R, the so-called purebred race car. According to the manufacturer, the Apollo R is powered by a 4.2-liter V8 engine delivering an impressive 860 hp thanks to a higher supercharging pressure, ignition and control time adjustments, optimisation of the intake air ducts and a special racing exhaust system.
Still, the manufacturer says that the maximum performance can be obtained with the use of racing fuel with correspondingly high octane levels. Moreover, the car features enhanced engine and transmission cooling system due to the fact that it will also be deployed in Asia and it will face higher temperatures. Furthermore, the chassis was extended with a titanium blade stabiliser on the rear axle.
The Apollo R has a weight of only 1,100 kg, with an empty tank. Regarding its design, the car features a black-red-gold foil dress, while the driver and passenger doors are each graced by a griffin, a cross between an eagle and lion and therefore the lord of the air as well as the earth.
Gumpert, of course, made several revisions to the 4.2-liter V8 engine that serves as the soul of the new Apollo. For instance, Gumpert increases the levels of the engine’s supercharging pressure, making adjustments to the ignition and control time. Gumpert also optimized the intake air ducts and even installed a special racing exhaust system. All of these modifications now allow the 4.2-liter V8 engine to deliver a max output of 860 hp; with the actual max performance dependent on using racing fuel with high content of octane.
Since Gumpert is planning to market the Apollo to Asia and with the expected increase in temperatures, the sports carmaker also made enhancements on the cooling system for the engine and transmission. Drivers could control the spur-toothed dog ring transmission – without pressing on the clutch pedal – through the rocker switches on the steering wheel.
Drives are provided with pertinent information about the operations of the Apollo R through a central digital dashboard. To help control the power oozing from the engine, the already stiff chassis was extended with a titanium blade stabilizer on the rear axle. Gumpert also further reduced the charge weight of the Apollo R to around 1,100 kg by optimizing the sports car’s milled parts, undercarriage and its wiring harness and by getting rid of several comfort elements.
Roland Gumpert described the Apollo R as lighter and more powerful than any other Apollo. This superiority is the reason why Gumpert decided to wrap the Apollo R in black-red-gold. This particular Apollo R – now being displayed at the Geneva Motor Show – features a griffin graphics on its swing door. This mythical creature – serving as Gumpert’s heraldic animal -- is part of a designer paintjob and foils that highlight the connection between the Apollo R and the Apollo Enraged.